WADCO (fife NEWS *iOM e OF W^ Volume 2 Plainville, Mass., May 13, 1921 Number 9 D. B. Rowan Succeeds Peasley Takes Up Duties of Editor Harry B. Rowan, on April 25th, succeeded Charles H. Peaslej', who, for the last ten months at Editor of the "Wadco News" rendered very efficient service. Mr. Peasley suc- ceeded Mr. William Codding, who re- signed to nish a course of studies at Dartmouth College. Mr. Peasley has conscientiously worked for the interests of all with a firm resolution to make to the "Wad- eo" a real live, instructive, and enjoy- able paper, something we all have loked forward to on the Friday of issue. At the time he was tendered the position by the Publication Com- mittee ,he was very outspoken in his belief that his time was so taken up with a Correspondence Course in Ac- counting that he felt as if he had lit- tle time for the duties of Editor. Nev- ertheles, he accepted and lias filled the position most creditably. The thanks of all should and are tendered him for what he has accom- plished, e are sure he can appreciate Ihe fact that his services will be called upon in th future, perhaps not so much, bul at any rate often enough not to let his pen get rusty, for we know he is still interested in the "Wadco News" and will tell us so from time to time. Fringe Now the Thing By Rita Stuyvesant "To be fringed is to be fashion- able," says Paris, and therefore we are being introduced to some delight- ful little models charming in their fringed simplicity. Perhaps it is the Spanish influence that has crept into Milady's wardrobe that is responsible for the fringed frocks, and perhaps it is a breath from Honolulu that gives us these attractive new dresses. Cont'd page 2, col. 1 C. A. Whiting Speaks in Attleboro Addresses Jewelers Meeting in Y. M. C A. Through the efforts of a speakers' committee of the Superintendent and Foremen's Asociation, two speakers, Mr. Graydon Stetson and Mr. (Juries A. Whiting, were secured lor the April meeting which took place on April 28th. A Chicken salad supper was served by Bob Slater in his usual tempting manner. During the supper, piano and vocal selections were given, one in particular appealing to our Mr. Fuller. It seemed as if it might have been for his special benefit, so much to heart did he take it. The supper over, a selection of songs was given by the Mossberg quartet in their most pleasing style. Mr. Stetson gave a very interesting talk on Banking, explaining the in- terdependence of Banks in Federal Reserve system with the resulting strength gained through such an ar- rangement. He also spoke of Ponzi, of late repute. Holding him not alto- gether too blame, as so much a vic- tim of circumstances, the money be- ing literally poured in upon him by those seeking immediate riches. Sev- eral questions were asked of Mr. Stet- son which were answered in his clear and concise way. Mr. Whiting next addressed the meeting in his unassuming way. He told how he had prepared a speech, and then at the last minute had dis- carded it in favor of a straight from the shoulder talk on the one thing of interest to so many of the manufac- turers in the Attleboro and Provi- dence districts, and the thing he knew more about than any other one thing. "The Jewelry Business," among the things he said and on which particu- lar, stress was laid was "Don't cut wage.%" for you know that while Cont'd on page 2 A Trip Into Old Mexico Walter Rice Synopsis Leaving Boston, March 12th, about forty member,-; of the Associated In- dustries of Massachusetts, started on a trip to Mexico to gain a knowledge of business conditions as they exist in Mexico. With two special Pullmans attached to the "Wolverine", the route was over the B. & A. R. R., through our own Berkshire Hill. Then the N. Y. C. R. R. to Cleveland, and thence by the 'Big Four Route" to St. Louis. The two cars were attached to the "Sunshine" Special and head- ed for Fort Worth, Texas. The next stop, San Antonio was made the fol- lowing morning and a cordial recep- tion extended to the travellers. Once again on board the train they contin- ued on to Laredo at which place a stop was made and their passports in- spected by Mexican officials. Leaving Laredo and crossing the Internation- al Bridge, the party were soon on Mexican soil. Now Go On With The Trip Arrangements had been made with the Mexican government for a loco- motive to meet us at Nuevo Laredo,, but there was none there. We wait- ed for sometime on the siding, but fin- ally the Mexican vice-consul, Senor Peira, who had joined us at Laredo, got in touch with the men higher up and word came back- to detach the lo- comotive from a train which stood on the tracks opposite us and which was composed of three or four dilapidated passenger coaches and an equal num- ber of freight cars, all loaded with Mexicans, who had been waiting, no one knows how long, for the train to pull out. Accordingly, the engine was detach- ed for sometime on the siding, but fin- Pullmans. We found that there were four Americans on board the Mexi- Cont'd on page 2 WADCO NEWS Wadco News Published Semi-Monthly by the Employees of Whiting & Davis Company, Plaiuville, Mass. Publication Committee J. O. Gagnon, Chairman W. M. Fuller Lee Higgins F. Gaddes O. Soderstrom H. B. Rowan Editor . . H. B. Rowan Asst. Editor, Catherine Kennedy COMMERCIAL PRCSS- PR INTE RS EDITORIALS EDITORIAL It will be the aim and purpose of the Editor to strive to bring to Wad- co Readers a greater feeling of good fellowship (in their every-day tasks) toward one another. To work for harmony be! ween the management and employees. To bring our Branch Factories into close touch with what is happening at the main Factory. To inculcate a de- sire in every one to always work and boost for that which the Wadco News represents — the Whiting & Davis Co. and its employees. To give the news in as entertain- ing, instructive and thorough man- ner as is possible. And last, but not least important, your help is wanted for it is only by all joining hands and giving the best that is in us that we may be proud to have our paper go out. II. B. Rowan Cont'd from page 1, col. 1 A chic little affair of Canton crepe is cut with tiny kimono sleeves and a long, one-piece chemise effct. The frock slips on over the head and shows a graceful oval neck, tied with a slim cord at the front. The fringe is ar- ranged in five circles that swathe themselves about the figure from the hips down, and there is a bit of fringe at 1he sleeves. A narrow sash of the material confines that fulness at the the waist. This attractive fringed frock is offered in gray, beige, brown, white, navy and black crepe, with silk fringe in the same shade. Cont'd from page 1, col. 2 there has been a good raise in the wage scale in the jewelry business, still it has by no means been great in some other lines where the cry of profiteer was heard and it is in those lines where wages are now being cut. His remarks on the present condition of jewelry trade were of an optim- istic nature. He said he was aware of the present depression throughout the trade, but held that it was a breath- ing spell only in which to put our houses in order for the better times coming and those times were not far away, and he asked them to look on it from this viewpoint, and above all, to keep up their courage, ever with an eye ready to note the change which was surely coming so as to be pre- pared for good times once again. He spoke a few works on factory organ- izations and was of the firm belief that it was one of the essentials in any business to bring department heads together in meeting for that purpose, so that things could be ironed out, as in a family gathering, and ways and means suggested for the best conduct of the business. He also spoke of the many small concerns which were not large enough as many thought for a factory organization and held that this was erroneous, for no matter how small the organization they could get together for mutual understanding of one another's problems. Mr. Walter Rice was asked to give a few remarks and entertainingly told of his trip into Mexico with the As- sociated Industries representatives. This trip he has writen up for the Wadco, and it is being published con- secutively. A few more selections were given by the Mossberg Quartet before bring- ing the meeting to a close and a word here for that quartet would not be amiss. Would that we had one in our factory like it. Miss Phanestiehl was seen one af- ternoon at 5 o'clock just after coming out of the factory to do a stunt which happens so quickly one is | hardly aware its taking place. The lady's ankle turned next, one saw a ground roll. Punishment is a fruit that unsus- pected ripens within the flower of the pleasure which conceals it. Cont'd from page 1, col. 3 can train and as it was problematical when they might be able to proceed, so we took them aboard with us. Two were mining men, a father and his son, who were on their way to their mines west of Monterery, the others a young American mother and her little five year old son, going to join her husband at Tampico. A railroad strike had been on for some weeks in Mexico and we were just experiencing th last nd of it. Our train soon drew out of Nuevo Laredo and we were on our way to Mexico City. Our way led out across the Mexican desert where nothing but cactus and mesquite was growing. When we got out in the desert about six miles, our engine sort of laid down on the job and we had to stop and wait until steam enough could be gen- erated so that we could proceed. This operation continued until we came to a siding about twenty miles out of Laredo, when the thing gave up the ghost entirely and quit. We waited on the siding for an hour when the train from which we had taken the engine at Nuevo Laredo caught up with us and we were hooked on to the rear of that train and proceeded. About ten miles further we came to a town which showed effects of the late revolutions in Mexico. This was a desert town situated on the banks of a river which was dry when we were there, but which is about seventy-five feet wide in the rainy season. The railroad bridge which crossed the riv- er there controlled the way to Mont- erey and consequently it was much fought over. The town which is of adobe con- struction, formerly had a population of about six hundred people. To- day there is less than a hundred in- habitants there, and the majority of the buildings are in wreckage. Von wonder how people can eke out an ex- istence in those northern Mexican des- ert towns. Naturally the crops which they raise arc 1 meagre and as this is ihe only source from which they can get a livelihood, the poverty there is almost nnhlievable. As the trains haul into the towns, the whole population turns out with all kinds of simple food stuff to sell, including Frijoles. tamales. eggs, goat's milk and even water .for water is at a premium there and it is never wasted by taking baths. There 1 was also a big percent- WAD CO NEWS age of beggars at all of the stations, of all ages, from the little child four or five years old, to the aged person eighty or ninety years old. Both men and women. It is a profession with them, and the blessings which they poor upon you in Spanish, if you will only give them a few centavos, is hard to imagine. We rode all day through the Mex- ican desert, passing through little towns here and there, each one similar to the others, and late in the after- noon the mountains near Monterey came into view. They were forty or fifty miles away, but we gradually neared them. Never have I seen mountains of such grotesque shapes or of such rigid outline It seemed as if they had been cut out by some mas- sive jig-saw, so sharp and prominent was their outline. To me, the moun- tains were impressive, but not inspir- ing. Their great brown hulks rose out of the desert without, a tree on them, with only here and there a bit of sage bush growing out of the ere- . vices in the rock. (To be continued.) Manager Frank Brown of the Ath- letie Asoeiation was busy unpacking the baseball suits one afternon with the asistance of our pitcher. Ed had to try all caps to see which was the particular winning cap. Something in mascots, animals, cooties. Look out for a change, Ed! Relaxation Mr. C. A. Whiting left for Maine on the 29th of April, for a little re- laxation from the cares of business, returning on the 9th of May. While up in the Maine woods, he had kind- ly written the "Wadco" of some of the things he was doing. Probably it is best to give you the letter as it is written .showing that the writer is ever thinking of his fellow workers- Wild Goose Club Castle Harmony, Port of Galashiels. Great Moose Lake, Harmony, State of Me. "The Wadco News in the Maine Woods!" How many of us stop to thinks where the "Wadco News" goes to, and the remote places it may reach. Sunday afternoon a letter from the factory was delivered to me which contained a general business report from the factory for the two days I had been away. It also contained a copy o fthe last "Wadco News." I loked over the business reports hur- riedly and put the "Wadco News" in my pocket until after supper. There was only one guest besides myself in camp and soon as suppr was over he and the house family left for the vil- lage, six miles down the lake and I was left alone in the woods and so far as I know not a human being within two miles of camp. I soon turned to the "Wadco News" and was not lone- some. I enjoyed your jokes and all of the paper. I would like to tell you about the fish I caught my first day here, but as salmon is the only fish not protected at this season and as they positively refuse to bite, I will content myself by saying that my catch although nameless amounted to 17 1-2 lbs. for the day, varying in weight from 2 1-2 lbs. to 4 3-4 lbs. each, I hope to be with you again before the netx issue of the "Wadco" comes out. I am enclosing a facsimile of the Wild Goose Club Pamphlet gotten out for the Grand Centennial Celebration of the Club on the 3rd day of July 1875, also one of the editions of 1880 giving the creed, bylaws and members of the Club, as of that date. (Signed) C. A. Whiting. P. S. — Ten minutes after giving the letter to the man I went down to the bottom of the lake. The Editor thanks Mr. Whiting for his contribution to the " Wadco • and would ask all Whiting & Davis em- playees, no mater where they be, to kindly take as much interest in our "Wadco News" not only at home, but also during vacation time or on any little side trips they may go on. The Wild Goose Pamphlet we will endeavor to print in our next issue. It surely is worth reading and I know many will enjoy it. Editor. Clarence Skinner through Taunton last Wednesday night got seasick. The Middleboro folks deserve a vote of thanks from all those who attended the bowling match for the very hos- pitable manner in which they were entertained. That Trip to Middleboro After many disappointments in get- ting over to Middleboro to answer the challenge given us by the ladies over there in the W. & D. factory, to a bowling contest we finally got there on Wednesday of last week, and came back with the bacon, although it was a close shave as we only won by a small margin. Every girl in the factory, who had done any bowling last winter, was invited to go and we had with us about fifty in the party. They were transported over through the gener- osity of a few of the boys, who are the owners of cars for which the com- mittee wishes to express to them their many thanks for their general good sportsmanship shown. We left town at six o'clock and on the way over some of the party stopped at Taunton to see the herring run and they knew we were coming, for they showed us how to go up against the current in wonderful shape which acted as stim- ulant on some of the girls to see so much activity displayed, Finally, we landed at the Y. M." C. A. building, all ready for the fray. We were met by that splendid lady, Mrs. Goodwin, with all smiles of confidence in her maiden effort to trim us, but the bevy of fair maidens she had lined up as her team, looked like winners before the start. One handicap against our team was they had never before roiled on a polished alley, and did not show very good in the first string. The balls would not stay on the alleys, and they were very much down in the mouth over losing the first string. They felt they were in for a trimming, but they clinched their hands and stamped their feet and went after them _ in good shape ,and won the second string and now it was game and game. Skinner all the evening was on the Middleboro lines, but now he was told that all kinds of things would happen to him unless he came over where he belonged, and he saw the fire in our eyes and came, and we won the string by 12 pins. Then the fans whooped it up for Plainville. Both teams were very evenly matched, and it proved a night of great pleasure for all who were there. Miss Carroll of Middleboro rolled the high single with score of 97. Mil- dred Miller of Plainville was high in the three siring totals, with 265. WADCO NEWS -■^Sl CAUGHT IN THE MESH Jgfo^ The following: is the box score: MIDDLEBORO SHOP Corina Bolduc, 60 64 51 175 .Aland Carroll, 97 81 72 250 FranMe Penniman, 90 73 92 255 Beatrice Precourt, 79 73 71 223 Hattie Goodwin, 75 75 81 231 401 366 367 1134 PLATNYILI Florence Whiting, 62 90 70 222 Edith Cooke. 72 73 74 219 Mildred Miller, 94 87 84 265 Tinna Gauvin, 53 88 78 219 Lena Babineau, 75 85 73 233 336 423 379 1158 Seen And Heard On The Side Lines What made the lady faint after the game? Ask the chauffeur. Who relieved the air in Percy's rear wheel? It couldn't have been Gene, for want of time, could it? What could have happened to Mur- phy's light on the way home or was it nicer in the dark? Wouldn't it have been an awful disappointment to have been near- sight? O, Boy! The town fathers of Plainville were represented in the person of Mr. Pink and Mr. Barton, and from all ap- pearances they enjoyed the many sights and the beautiful scenery com- ing home. They say you can get out of Taunton without getting up a dead end street. Is it so, Skinner? The Chandler never caried a more joyous party than it had coming home with Florence and Mildred producing the latest in jazz and vaudeville. Time went too quickly for the party. I'd say it was some night all way through. The Athletic Association The Athletic Assosciation has at last been started with a membership of 275 members. The first meeting was held on Thursday after work in the main factory, and a committee was appointed to bring in a list of names for officers. They will report on Tues- day and' then the election will take place. Health Notes If we are in the shop and something goes wrong — probably we over-manu- factured an order — it is an easy way out to say "the Planning Department takes care of how many parts we should make, and it isn't our fault." Naturally the Planning Department doesn't stand for this, so they tell the Engineering Department that the trou- ble is theirs, because they've given them the original information. No, this department isn't floored by a seemingly impossible way out. The Sales now gets credit for the wrong, for didn't they tell us that the customer wanted heavy material for his order? The Shipping Department is on the wire immediately: "But why in thun- deration did you ship more than the order specified?" And so it goes, but though this is only one phase of buck passing the same principle applies, however, and to the writer's under- standing this is the fundamental idea expressed in the above quoted para- graph. Certainly there is plenty of personal or group co-operation, but this contin- ual shunting off of responsibilities to another department surely tends to dis- rupt general co-operation, without which no person, group or company can hope to properly function and ful- fill expectations and prospects in a field to which that same person, group or company is affiliated. How to Remedy the Condition. To eliminate this conflicting policy, each person or group of persons form- ing a department or unit can help ma- terially the policies of the concern for which they are working if their en- deavors are directed towards a com- bining of interests with other persons and departments. If you. as an indi- vidual, or you, as a department, would bear in mind that you are working for the interests of your concern, then the phrase "Passing the Buck" would re- turn to the Hoyle vocabulary. RULES FOR PRECAUTIONS OF TYPHOID INFECTION Remember that Typhoid is always either eaten or drunk. The hands are the chief carriers of infection. 1. Drink only water which you know to be clean. 2. Eat no food which has been near a typhoid patient's room. 3. Destroy every fly that you see in the sick room. 4. Disinfect your hands before go- ing to your meals. 5. See that no one else uses your towel. In a ward be careful, disinfect your hands and everything that comes in contact with the patient. (Signed) BERTHA G. COTE, R. I. N. Irene's favorite savings: Well, "He don : t think so," and "He knows something!" Hey, this ain't right! This here oughta be like that there, now hadn't it, huh? The Editor of the "Wadeo" so they say. Is looking for news items each day. To make the "Wadeo" good and strong. You must try and help along I am sure he'll appreciate In everything you participate. Honest toil would never spoil a pretty girl like Mary Boyle. Victor Zilch asked Dan Crotty if he had anything laid away for a rainy day. Dan replied, "An umbrella." Fred Gardner and Owen Dolan were debating regarding what was in a name. Gardner replied, "Lots. My furniture is in my wife's name." James Coyne asked Frank Murphy if he knew what a dark lantern was. Murphy said "Sure. A Ford without a light. In regard to Frank Gaddes' Coupe, 1 think all chickens are flying that way. Henry Ilcmmingsen lost sev- eral chickens.